March 31, 2017

April Photo-A-Day...

Here is the photo-a-day list Fat Mum Slim made for April 2017...
How To Take Part In April Photo-A-Day:     
  • Using the list as inspiration, take a photo each day.     
  • Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #FMSphotoaday and #FMSPAD. You can also share on your blog or on Facebook by joining her group.     
  • Check out other people's photos and like them or comment on them.
  • Each day a Fab Four is picked from the photos shared on Instagram for the challenge. It’s four photos that have captured their attention from each prompt. Check the feed @littlemomentsapp to see the photos.

March 28, 2017

CLOSED | Monster Trucks DVD Giveaway...

Monster Trucks (2016) is coming out on DVD April 11th and in honor of it's release I'm giving away two (2) copies of the DVD to two (2) lucky winner.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – Get ready for “big, big fun” (Max Evry, Coming Soon) when the “perfect family film” (Mike Reyes, Cinemablend) MONSTER TRUCKS revs up on Blu-ray Combo Pack April 11, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Get in the driver’s seat two weeks early with the Digital HD release on March 28.  

Tripp is a high school senior with a knack for building trucks who makes an incredible discovery - a gas-guzzling creature named Creech. To protect his mischievous new friend, Tripp hides Creech under the hood of his latest creation, turning it into a real-life super-powered Monster Truck. Together, this unlikely duo with a shared taste for speed team up on a wild and unforgettable journey to reunite Creech with his family. A fun-filled adventure that never slows down, MONSTER TRUCKS features a terrific ensemble cast including Lucas Till (X-Men: Apocalypse), Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe), Thomas Lennon (“The Odd Couple”),  Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), Amy Ryan (Central Intelligence) and Rob Lowe (“Parks and Recreation”).  

A perfect family Easter gift, the MONSTER TRUCKS Blu-ray Combo Pack features over 40 minutes of action-packed behind-the-scenes bonus content.  Take a look under the hood and discover the magic behind MONSTER TRUCKS with interviews from cast and crew, deleted scenes, a hilarious gag reel and much, much more!  Plus, the Blu-ray Combo Pack includes collectible MONSTER TRUCKS wall decals, for a limited time while supplies last.  The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack* remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.
MONSTER TRUCKS Blu-ray Combo Pack  
The MONSTER TRUCKS Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following:  

  • Feature film in high definition    
  • Bonus Content
  • Who’s Driving the Monster Trucks?         
  • The Monster in the Truck         
  • Creating the Monster Truck         
  • Gag Reel 
  • Deleted Scenes 
  • Production Diaries
Feature film in standard definition                    

The Blu-ray Combo Pack available for purchase includes a Digital HD copy of the film that can be accessed through UltraViolet™, a way to collect, access and enjoy movies.  With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them—reliably and securely—to a variety of devices.        

The single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The disc includes the film in standard definition.

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure 
Cast: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Thomas Lennon, Barry Pepper, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover, Amy Ryan, McCallany, Frank Whaley
Director: Chris Wedge
Writers: Derek Connolly, Matthew Robinson, Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger
Produced by: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger & Cale Boyter
Rated: PG

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March 21, 2017

K & P's Bachelorette/Bachelor Parties...

As you may or may not know, I am a bridesmaid/groomswoman in both my sister and Phil's weddings this year. And with weddings come bachelor and bachelorette parties!

Because we are spoiled Long Islanders, instead of your normal one night events we are going away for long weekends. And with those long weekends comes a lot of planning, which I intend on sharing with all of you. So I hope you're all ready for some bachelor/bachelorette party planning and probably some drama in my life.

For my sister's bachelorette party we are going to Las Vegas for a weekend filled with you typical bachelorette debauchery. Alcohol. Male reviews. Pool parties. Wedding party themed attire. You name it, it's probably happening... While for Phil's bachelor party we are going to Colorado for a pretty chill weekend. Alcohol. Nature. Video games. Etc.

So yeah, bachelor/bachelorette parties are about to take over my life. Which should be fun because I've never had to plan one before and now I'm planning two extremely different ones.

If you've ever had to plan a bachelor/bachelorette party weekend I'd love to hear about your experience doing so. Or if you have been to either place, I'd love some suggestions. If not, please pray or what-have-you for me because I feel like this is gonna be a life adventure for me.

March 18, 2017

CLOSED | Split DVD Giveaway...

M. Night Shyamalan's thriller Split (2017) is coming out on DVD April 16 and in honor of it's release I'm giving away two (2) copies of the DVD to two (2) lucky winner.
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind.  Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.   

While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.     

Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others.  Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.   

For Split, Shyamalan and Blum reassemble their core team from The Visit, the No. 1-grossing horror film of 2015.  Their fellow collaborators include producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider.
  • Alternate Ending     
  • Deleted Scenes     
  • The Making of Split- Filmmakers, cast, and crew discuss what attracted them to the project and how they were able to bring such a unique premise to life.     
  • The Many Faces of James McAvoy- A look at how James McAvoy approached the challenge of playing so many different identities.     
  • The Filmmaker’s Eye: M. Night Shyamalan- Director and writer M. Night Shyamalan has a singular, big-picture vision of his projects. Producers, cast, and crew discuss how Night’s process gives them the freedom to execute their roles to the fullest.     
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Genre: Thriller
Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson
Written and Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Produced by: M. Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum, Marc Bienstock
Executive Producers: Ashwin Rajan, Steven Schneider
Rated: PG-13

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Then She Fell...

Last night, after years of saying I wanted to go, I finally got to see Then She Fell thanks to my friend Justin ("Other Justin") wanting to surprise his fiancée Jackie with tickets for her thirtieth birthday.

For those of you unfamiliar with Then She Fell, it's an immersive theater experience combining a hospital ward, the writings of Lewis Carroll, and only 15 audience members per show (Which included myself, Justin, Phil, Rob, Other Justin and Jackie). So it's kinda like Sleep No More, which I've been to twice, but on a much more intimate level.

Going into Then She Fell I knew very little about what was supposed to be happening at The Kingsland Ward at St. Johns (The three-floor, century-old institutional facility Then She Fell takes place in), which was awesome because I had no clue what to expect at any point.

Unfortunately because I loved not knowing what to expect I'm not going to give anything away. But what I will say is, if you enjoy immersive theater and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, you will really like Then She Fell. It was a great two hours down the rabbit hole and I'm really glad I finally got to go.

So if you're in Brooklyn and there are tickets available, I highly recommend checking it out.

March 15, 2017

Movie Trailer | Despicable Me 3...

As you may or may not know, I really really enjoy the Despicable Me movies. So when I found out there was a trailer out for Despicable Me 3 I had to run on here and share it with all of you.
 Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | GruTube | #DespicableMe3
Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.     

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.  The film will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017.   

Genre: 3D-CG Comedy-Adventure             
Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate & Julie Andrews
Directed by: Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda
Co-Director: Eric Guillon
Writers: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio
Produced by: Chris Meledandri & Janet Healy
Executive Producer: Chris Renaud  

I don't know about all of you but I'm excited to see this when it comes out in June. Hopefully my sister will wanna see it with me because we saw Despicable Me 2 together back when it came out in 2013 and I remember just having a great time with her. We got a bunch of movie theater snacks (We are big fans of super buttery popcorn with a side of nacho cheese) and pigged out like we did when we were kids and our parents would take us to the movies. So fingers crossed she wants to do it again (I'm sure she will because she is a big kid at heart and loves loves loves cartoons) or I'm just gonna have to borrow Toni's kids and take them to see it.
So, is anyone else as excited as I am to see this? Are you thinking about borrowing your friends' kids like I am? Lemme know!

March 7, 2017

Birthday Recap | Boozy Brunch & My Favorite Murder...

This past Saturday was my birthday and in true me fashion, I went into New York City with my sister, Day, Toni & Erin and drank a lot.

We kicked off the festivities of the day early in the afternoon by popping a bottle of champagne on the LIRR and annoying everyone else in the surrounding seats with our loud chatter until we arrived at Penn Station.

Once in the city we headed to PS 450 for brunch with unlimited mimosas, bellinis, etc. and an amazing selection of hip hop (You all should know by now, I love me some rap music) playing loudly in the background.
We ate, we drank, I cried, we drank, we laughed, I cried, we danced in our seats. It was a good time.

When our two hours was up at PS 450 we hopped in another Uber and went for few more drinks and a couple of "moments" at The 13th Step. I don't remember how long we were there because by the time I had to leave I was double fisting drinks, which is never a good thing for my liver or memory.

But yeah, we parted ways outside of The 13th Step and earlier than we'd normally stop partying because it was time for my sister and I to head to the Beacon Theatre to see My Favorite Murder live.
Unfortunately when we arrived at the Beacon we were pretty drunk, so my sister bought us a couple of boxes of popcorn and we devoured them in an attempt to sober up. Which surprisingly, at least in my case, worked. So I got to enjoy an hour-ish of seeing Karen and Georgia live, with a pretty interesting hometown murder from an audience member -- My sister not so much so, she fell asleep during Karen's murder (She's not a Murderino, she didn't know what I was taking her to, so it's okay).

After the show we got an Uber and headed back to Penn Station to go home because we were pretty beat by then.

All in all it was a very good birthday. I'm so grateful for everyone that came out and dealt with me. I can honestly tell all of you that I have a pretty amazing group of friends and a bad ass little sister.

March 3, 2017

Library Life | Naked Man In The Restroom...

Yesterday as I was walking into work I noticed that our Director and Newsletter Guy were having an issue with our resident homeless/smelly dude (We shall call him HSD for short and I would like to note that I'm not unsympathetic toward homeless people, it's just that this dude in particular is a real piece of shit that harasses and is rude to the staff even though people have tried to help him in the past). And because I had a bunch of stuff with me for a program Nicole and I were having, I just decided to ignore the situation and just go straight into my department.

So later on in the day I walk into the Newsletter Guy's office and find him sitting having a conversation with one of our custodians. I start asking about what had happened with HSD earlier and the custodian proceeds to tell me that he had see HSD walk into the library with a brown paper bag that had a can in it. It was pretty obvious that it was a beer and that he was going to the restroom to drink it, so our custodian went into the restroom to confirm his suspicion. He walks in and finds HSD standing totally naked in one of the stalls, the unopen beer sitting on one of the sinks. HSD slams the stall door when he sees him walk in, our custodian just grabs that beer and goes straight to the Director.

The Director comes down (Minus the custodian because he was done with the situation) as HSD is walking out of the restroom dressed but with no shoes on. So he starts having a conversation with him, which is when Newsletter Guy came out of his office to backup the Director. HSD proceeds to argue with the two men. They weren't having it and tell him that he needs to leave the library, etc. This is when I apparently walked pass to go to my Department.

Fast forward a few hours... Our custodian comes into the room that Nicole and I are setting up for our program to tell us that he had just went to speak to the Director and while they were talking the Director says "Did you not notice that he didn't have shoes on?" The custodian said "Um, no I didn't notice that he didn't have shoes on because HE WAS TOTALLY NAKED IN THE RESTROOM!"

So yeah, that was yesterday at the library.